Yellowknife Education District No. 1

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Yellowknife Education District No. 1
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Yellowknife Education District No. 1 office
Yellowknife, NT
Coordinates 62°27′08″N 114°22′36″W / 62.45222°N 114.37667°W / 62.45222; -114.37667Coordinates: 62°27′08″N 114°22′36″W / 62.45222°N 114.37667°W / 62.45222; -114.37667
District information
Type Public
Motto Educating for Life!
Superintendent Metro Huculak[1]
Asst. Superintendent(s) Ed Lippert
Schools 8 schools
Budget CA$24.2 million
Students and staff
Students 2,191
Other information

The Yellowknife Education District No. 1map 1 is the public school board in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. The district, then called Yellowknife School District No. 1, was created 1 October 1939 by Charles Camsell who was Commissioner of the Northwest Territories.[2][3]


The first meeting of the district was held 24 August 1939 when three people were elected making it the first democratically elected government body in the territory. Prior to the creation of the board a provisional school board had been established in 1938.[3]

The first school in Yellowknife was the Log School House and Mildred Hall, of Fort Fitzgerald, was the first teacher. However, freeze up of the Slave River prevented her from arriving in Yellowknife until February 1939. Prior to her arrival classes were taught by D. A. Davies but he was not an accredited teacher. The building was 16 by 16 ft (4.9 by 4.9 m) and was unable to accommodate all the students at one time, thus classes were split into a morning and afternoon session. Mildred Hall was reappointed as teacher for 1939/40 and was paid $100 a month. This was her last year as a teacher in Yellowknife but she was later to sit on the school board. The school she originally taught in was designated a Yellowknife Heritage Site in 1988 and the building was moved from the Old Town to its current location next to Mildred Hall School and the board offices.[3][4]

Yellowknife schools[edit]

The original schoolmap 2 
J.H. Sissons Schoolmap 3 
Mildred Hall Schoolmap 4 
N.J. Macpherson Schoolmap 5 
Range Lake North Schoolmap 6 
Sir John Franklin High Schoolmap 7 
William McDonald Middle Schoolmap 8 
Kaw Tay Whee Schoolmap 9 
New K'àlemì Dene Schoolmap 10 
Old K'àlemì Dene School 

List of schools[edit]

School Grades Principal[5] Staff[6] Students Notes
J.H. Sissons School[7] K-5 Rachell Simmons 30 260 (2015) The school was opened in October 1975 as part of an expanded public school system for Yellowknife, and was named in honour of former Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories judge, John Sissons. J.H. Sissons runs a French immersion program for all students.
Mildred Hall School[8] K-8 Katey Simmons 30 235 (2013)[9] The school first opened in September 1965 as Yellowknife Elementary School; it was renamed Mildred Hall School in 1974 in honour of the town's earliest educator. Mildred Hall offers Aboriginal language and culture-based education.
N.J. Macpherson School[10] K-5 Shirley Zouboules 34 239 (2013)[9] The school is named after a former local educator, Norman J. MacPherson, who died in 1984. N.J. Macpherson offers an enhanced fine arts program. N.J. has two large playgrounds, basketball courts and a large gym for child fitness. N.J. also offers an Upper and Lower school Montessori program. There is also a large Kindergarten classroom.
Range Lake North School[11] K-8 Courteney Lizotte 36 357 (2015) Opened in 1993 the school is named for its geographic location. Range Lake offers a grade 6 intensive French immersion program, and a pre-school user-pay program.[3]
Sir John Franklin High School[12] 9-12 Dean MacInnis 66 Opened in 1958 as a new Federal School for the Northwest Territories. The school is named for the explorer Sir John Franklin.
William McDonald Middle School[13] 6-8 Jeff Seabrook 20 169 (2013)[9] The school was opened in September 1982 as a replacement for an earlier school of the same name. The school is named for a prospector and naturalist, William McDonald. In addition to English, William McDonald offers the French immersion program for all students.
Kaw Tay Whee School[14] K-7 Lea Lamoureux 10 Located in Dettah the school offers English and Dogrib (Weledeh Dialect). They also emphasise traditional Dene culture. The original school opened in 1969 and consisted of two rooms.[3]
K'àlemì Dene School[15] K-12 Eileen Erasmus 18 Originally opened in 2000 the current school was opened in 2009. Located in N'Dilo the school offers English and Dogrib (Weledeh Dialect). They use the Dene Kede Curriculum.[3]

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